(Originally posted 2013-06-24.)
I’ve been fortunate enough to speak at two conferences in the past month:
- UKCMG Annual Conference – in London in May
- System z Technical University – just outside Munich in June
I presented three different sets of material, with very little overlap:
The first two were given at both conferences and the third one only in Munich.
If you click on the links you’ll see I’ve uploaded them all to Slideshare. I considered it only fair to wait until after the Munich conference to upload them.
I thoroughly enjoyed both conferences. But then I usually do: It’s my prime method of learning (other than by doing, and by data analysis) and I’m always pleased to run into old friends and new. (As a firm believer in “strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet” there were a fair number of those, too.)
It was particularly good to see so many people from Hursley – both CICS and Websphere MQ. As well as the usual other Development labs.
If there were to be only one new feature I spotted it would be the support for Variable Blocked Spanned (VBS) records with REXX’s EXECIO in z/OS 2.1 TSO. Think “SMF processing with REXX”. In my residency this autumn I expect to have a chance to play with this.
I’m writing this using Byword on an iPad Mini, using a Logitech external keyboard – on a flight to South Africa. It’s proving to be a good combination, especially as Byword has MultiMarkdown support (a set of extensions to Markdown) and Evernote supported. It’ll probably be my new writing rig for a while.
Of course it helps if you put the iPad Mini in the right way round. 🙂
And a week has passed since I wrote this. 😦 It’s been a busy week that’s really been an interesting test of the idea of “treating an address space as a black box”. (And so much more besides.) Perhaps I’ll write about it some time.